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February 25, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Scouting report: Washington State

Scouting report: Washington State
Game info: 5 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Coliseum (11,671 capacity).
TV: ROOT (Tom Glasgow, Lenny Wilkens and Jen Mueller).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 14-13, 6-9.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Ken Bone, the former Washington assistant, is 52-42 in his third season with the Cougars. He’s 129-90 in seven seasons as a Division I coach, which includes a four-year stint at Portland State. Bone also compiled a 253-97 record in 12 years at Seattle Pacific.
Prediction: Picked to finish in a 10th-place tie in the Pac-12 by media.
Series: Washington leads 173-100 in a series that began in 1910. Lorenzo Romar is 11-10 against WSU and 5-4 in Pullman. Bone is 2-7 versus UW and 1-1 at home.
Last meeting: Behind a sensational second-half performance from Terrence Ross, Washington overcame a 10-point deficit with 12 minutes left and pulled out a 75-65 win at Edmundson Pavilion on Jan. 15. Ross shot 1 for 9 in the first half and scored just two points. In the second half, he had 26 of his career-high 30. The Huskies destroyed the Cougars on the glass and won the rebounding battle 46-24, including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Aziz N’Diaye finished with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting and eight rebounds while Tony Wroten Jr. converted 3 of 14 shots from the field and 7 of 13 from the line for 13 points.
Previous game: Washington State beat Arizona State 72-50.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Brock Motum (right) torched Washington in the first half of their previous encounter and looked as if he was headed to a record-setting performance. He connected on 5 of 5 field goals and had 13 points in the first half. After the break, the Huskies held him to 2-of-6 shooting and four points. The 6-10 junior forward averages 6.5 rebounds, which is sixth in the Pac-12, but managed just two against Washington in 32 minutes. Motum’s size and shooting prowess makes him a is a difficult matchup because he has an array of post moves and he can step behind the arc and knock down three-point shots. Motum is also developing an dribble drive that looks awkward, but is extremely effective with a mid-range shot. He shoots 41.4 percent on three-pointers, 60.3 on two-point field goals and 74.1 on free throws.
Motum ranks second in the Pac-12 with 17.8 points per game. Motum also ranks fourth in the league and 23rd in the nation in field goal percentage (.567/170-for-300). Motum is first in the conference in league games only with 20.7 points per game. Few people expected the native of Brisbane, Australia would emerge as the leading scorer and rebounder to replace Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto. Motum started just nine games last season and averaged 7.6 points and 3.0 rebounds. He’s been WSU’s most consistent player this season. He’s scored in double figures in 25 of the team’s 27 games and has reached the 20-point plateau in five of the last seven games. His career high is 34 points. Motum was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Dec. 5.
Romar likened Motum to NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. He also said: “In terms of a guy that’s a go-to guy at the end of the game a guy that can single handedly at times keep you in the game, yes he’s pretty close to it. Klay was awfully dangerous. I’d say he’s getting there. He’s a lot closer today than he was in November and December.”
— Junior guard Reggie Moore leads the Pac-12 with a 5.6 assists per game average. He was ninth last season and fifth as a freshman. Moore is tied for sixth on WSU’s all-time assists list. If maintains his current pace, Moore will finish tied for second on WSU’s single season assists average list. His career high is 12. Moore is averaging 9.6 points this season, which is second among available WSU players.


Q&A WITH BROCK MOTUM:
(Did it take awhile for your teammates to believe in your scoring ability?) “I don’t know. It was just sort of a gradual thing that I thought I’d stay consistent. I just work on each phase each day and hopefully I get better each day and that would add up for the week, the month and for the season.
(Is there a part of your game you feel comfortable with the most?) “I’m not really happy with anything. I just got to keep working on the little things in my game and hopefully I’ll be a better well-rounded player.”
(What’s the story with your mom’s cooking?) “They were saying how home was or how I gained weight. I told them it was because of my mom’s cooking. When she cooks it’s easy to gain weight.”
(What does she cook that you really like?) “Lasagna. Chicken Parmesean.”
(Did you go into the offseason thinking you needed to gain weight?) “Yeah. I wanted to gain as much weight as I could and work my body into a good shape. By preseason hopefully I’d play at the weight I wanted to play at.”
(How much did you gain?) “I got up to 255. When I came back I was 260 when I got here. I was about 240-245 at the start of the season and now I’m down to my playing weight that I want to play at which is 225-230.’
(Is it impossible to keep weight on during the season?) “It’s not impossible, but hard. It’s hard to eat as much energy as you’re expending during practice, workouts and games. You just got to do it I guess.”
(What is it about Bone’s system that works well for scorers?) “He has a lot of confidence in you once you’ve been able to prove yourself. He can draw some good plays to get you some good shots when needed.”
(Any comparison with Thompson?) “I don’t think so. Klay’s a whole different player than I am. He’s a great player. I don’t think there’s any comparison. We’re just different kind of players.”
(Are you thinking about next season at WSU or would you consider leaving early?) “I haven’t even considered anything yet. We still have 4-5 games left that we’re focusing on. Hopefully we can finish the season off good. Do well at the Pac-12 Tournament and win some games. Looking at some postseason play. I haven’t even thought about that stuff yet. I’ve thought of win out these last few games and get into the postseason and do well.”
(You’re playing well, but why has WSU struggled?) “Faisal went down and that didn’t help, but that’s no excuse. We didn’t win a whole lot early in the season with him. I honestly have no idea. We’ve lost some close games down the stretch which has hurt us. Things have gotten better. I think in these last few games … Hopefully in these last three games we can get some wins and gain some momentum going towards the Pac-12 Tournament.”
OVERVIEW:
— Senior guard Faisal Aden suffered a season-ending knee injury and has missed the past seven games. He was second on the team in scoring averaging 14.5 points.
— Freshman guard DaVonte Lacy, who starred at Curtis High in Tacoma, has started the last 20 games. He’s averaging 9.3 points, 2.0 assists and has a team-leading 132 three-pointers. Lacy is a contender to make the Pac-12 All-Freshman team.
— Senior forward Abe Lodwick, who started 32 games last season, missed the first 10 games due to a broken foot. He returned and played nine games as a reserve. Lodwick has started the past eight games. He’s averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.
— Junior Mike Ladd has had a tough transition since transferring from Fresno State. He missed 11 games, including last Saturday’s win over Arizona State, due to a thumb injury. Ladd considered season-ending surgery, but opted to play with the pain.
— Senior forward Charlie Enquist has been one of the biggest surprise for the Cougars. The former walk-on had one start in his first three years. He’s started 18 games and is averaging 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds this season.
— The Cougars average 70.6 ppg (5th, Pac-12) and allow 67.1 (8th) . They rank second in the league in field goal percentage (47.2) and free throw percentage (72.4), and fourth in three-point shooting (37.6). They average 6.7 three-pointers, which ranks third in the conference. behind Arizona (7.46) and Oregon (7.00) .
— WSU assistant Curtis Allen played at Washington from 2000-04.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Brock Motum , 6-10, 245, Jr., 17.8 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 1.9 apg.
F – Abe Lodwick, 6-7, 215, Sr., 5.5, 3.5, .460 3PT%
G – Marcus Capers , 6-4, 179, Sr, 5.4, 4.7, 56.2 FG%.
G – DaVonte Lacy, 6-3, 182, Fr., 9.3, 1.9, 2.0 apg.
G – Reggie Moore, 6-1, 178, Jr., 9.6, 2.5, 5.6 apg
KEY MATCHUP:
— It will be interesting to see if Bone sticks with the 2-3 zone after giving up 46 rebounds in the first game against Washington. Most of the Huskies had difficulties with the zone except Ross and N’Diaye.
Expect UW to throw a lot of bodies at Motum. Freshman Desmond Simmons will get the start against him, but senior Darnell Gant will see plenty of time as well. Perhaps in a pinch, the Huskies could turn to freshman Shawn Kemp Jr.

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